Quotes by John Hawkes

"I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme, and having once abandoned these familiar ways of thinking about fiction, totality of vision or structure was really all that remained."
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"I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme."
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"Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That anything less than sexual multiplicity...is naive? That our sexual selves are merely idylers in a vast wood?"
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"Motive is never easy. Sometimes it occurs to one only later."
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"The corridor smelled of water in the bottoms of purple vases and the piano was banging just beyond this emptiness."
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Books by John Hawkes

  • The Lime Twig
  • 1,066 ratings
  • January 17th 1961 by New Directions

    (first published January 1st 1961)

  • The Blood Oranges
  • 731 ratings
  • April 17th 1972 by New Directions

    (first published January 1st 1971)

  • The Cannibal
  • 459 ratings
  • January 17th 1962 by New Directions

    (first published 1949)

  • Travesty
  • 398 ratings
  • December 12th 1976 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • The Beetle Leg
  • 343 ratings
  • January 17th 1951 by New Directions

    (first published January 1st 1951)

  • The Passion Artist
  • 102 ratings
  • February 1st 1981 by HarperCollins Publishers

    (first published 1979)

  • The Frog
  • 83 ratings
  • September 1st 1997 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1996)

John Hawkes
  • John Hawkes

  • Date of birth: August 17, 1925
  • Died: May 15, 1998
  • Born: in Stamford, Connecticut, The United States.

  • Description: John Hawkes, born John Clendennin Talbot Burne Hawkes, Jr., was a postmodern American novelist, known for the intensity of his work, which suspended the traditional constraints of the narrative.Born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University, Hawkes taught at Brown University for thirty years. Although he published his first novel, The Cannibal, in 1949, it was The Lime Twig (1961) that first won him acclaim. Later, however, his second novel, The Beetle Leg, an intensely surrealistic western set in a Montana landscape that T. S. Eliot might have conjured, came to be viewed by many critics as one of the landmark novels of 20th Century American literature.Hawkes died in Providence, Rhode Island.

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